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Room 13 Young Artists take over Bristol’s Architecture Centre to mark Children’s Commissioners Takeover Day

  • Date: 21 November 2013
  • Area: South West
Room 13 Hareclive Young Artists

Room 13 Hareclive Young Artists. Credit: Photo courtesy of Room 13 Hareclive and the Architecture Centre

Young artists from a project funded by Arts Council England National Lottery-funded Grants for the arts will be creating and exhibiting new work in The Architecture Centre.

From Friday 22 November, artists from Room 13 Hareclive, an independent art studio based in the playground of Hareclive Primary in South Bristol, will literally take over the centre's gallery as a studio space.

The Architecture Centre, an Arts Council England National portfolio organisation, exists to foster a greater understanding and enjoyment of architecture and to promote the value of a better built environment.

The children will be creating works on the theme of 'Ambitious City' as part of the Children's Commissioner Takeover Day 2013. The works will then form an exhibition in the gallery in the run up to Christmas, from 26 November to 22 December. The exhibition will share the gallery space with Made in Bristol pop up shop.

Room 13 Hareclive is a unique project. The independent studio is run by the school children who use it, and it employs professional artists-in-residence who help facilitate the work of younger artists.  The purpose built studio was created in 2007 and later won a RIBA award.

The Architecture Centre is hosting an Open Studio on Takeover Day between midday and 2pm to give the general public an opportunity to observe and talk to the Room 13 Young Artists at work.

Room 13 Hareclive studio is currently supported with a £34,000 Arts Council England Grants for the arts award to fund three years of activity and to investigate how the studio can become economically self-sustaining after the funding runs out. This includes employing two artists-in-residence, Shani Ali and Paul Bradley. The Young Artists are also selling Room 13 Christmas cards to generate income.

Grants for the arts is an open access scheme and awards National Lottery money to thousands of arts projects nationally each year. It offers awards from £1,000 to £100,000 to support the creation and presentation of great art, from dance to sculpture, poetry readings to melas. The scheme supports artists and arts organisations to produce more innovative work, enables projects that bring our communities together and enriches lives, and stimulates the creative economy in our cities and towns.  

The Room 13 Hareclive studio is based on an idea originally started in Scotland, which has spawned an international network of Room 13s.

The Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day takes place on Friday 22 November and is a national event which gives children and young people the chance to work with adults for the day and be involved in decision-making.

Takeover Day will also give the opportunity for the Room 13 artists to find out more about  the Architecture Centre's aims and objectives and what happens on a day to day basis in the organisation.

Amy Harrison, Learning and Participation Manager, The Architecture Centre, said:  

'The Architecture Centre could not be more thrilled to be collaborating with so many talented artists, rounding off a fantastic year of activity. Providing an equal platform for young artists to show their work alongside established artists and makers in Bristol is just one of the ways the Architecture Centre inspires and involves people of all ages and abilities in learning about architecture and the creative design process.'

Raj Patel, Children, Young People and Learning Relationship Manager, South West, Arts Council England, said:

'Room 13 Hareclive is an excellent concept, and it's exciting to see the Young Artists have the chance to make work - and then have it shown - in a professional gallery. Art and culture is critical to developing our children and young people's creativity, which is all about growing the next generation of leaders, artists, thinkers and doers.

'It's also brilliant that Room 13 Hareclive Young Artists are selling their own Christmas cards - they're also our next generation of arts and culture fundraisers by the looks of it!'

The Architecture Centre's Open Studio takes place on Friday 22 November, 12-2pm. Room 13: Future City exhibition is on 26 November to 22 December. For more information, see architecturecentre.co.uk/exhibitions-room-13-future-city

To purchase Room 13 Hareclive Christmas cards, see room13hareclive.org.uk/news